5 Cool Ways to Beat the Heat at Your Summer Wedding in Raleigh
Summer is a gorgeous time of year for a wedding in Raleigh. There are numerous outdoor wedding venues in the area that can suit your style no matter what, whether that’s relaxed and fun, classic and manicured, or distinctly Southern. But there is one thing you’ll need to face if you’re planning an outdoor wedding in Raleigh: the heat. Fortunately, there are quite a few ways you can make sure everyone at your wedding stays cool all day long. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- The Bride: Opt for an Elegant Parasol
Parasols are due for a comeback, and your wedding is a great place to start. You can choose a simple paper parasol for a more casual feel, or opt for detailed lace. And while white or ivory might be the obvious option, it’s also the perfect opportunity to add some color to your ensemble — maybe even your something blue. You can choose to either carry it yourself as you walk down the aisle, or you can have someone carry it for you if you still want a traditional bouquet.
- The Groom/smen: Ditch the Black Tuxedos
A black tuxedo probably isn’t the right choice for a summer wedding. And while more and more couples are choosing unique, eclectic looks for the gentlemen of the wedding party (like khakis and suspenders), you don’t need to go casual. Dove gray and light tan are both great colors for suits, and the latter will even add a little Southern flair to your Raleigh wedding.
- The Bridesmaids: Let Them Choose Dresses
Instead of picking out one dress for all your bridesmaids, let them choose their own based on what they’ll find most comfortable; only 38% of brides today are dressing their bridesmaids alike, anyway. Just choose a general color scheme and then let them find something they think will be appropriate for a sunny day. The most popular wedding colors, according to the Knot, are white/ivory (44%), blue (37%), pink (28%), metallic (26%), and purple (23%).
- The Guests: Give Fans as Wedding Favors
To keep your guests happy during the ceremony, provide fans as your wedding favors. Your guests will appreciate them far more than personalized chocolates or fancy almonds. This is a relatively inexpensive choice; the average number of guests for a wedding is 136, meaning you’re still looking at only a few hundred dollars if you spent a couple dollars on each. To save even more, you can print your ceremony programs on thick cardstock and add a craft stick as a handle — most people will end up using their programs to fan themselves anyway.
- The Vendors: Keep Everyone Hydrated
Don’t forget about all the people working hard to make sure your wedding goes perfectly. Place a few tubs of ice and bottled water both in public areas and “behind the scenes.” Your vendors will appreciate the thoughtfulness.
How else might you keep a summer wedding in Raleigh cool? Share your ideas in the comments.